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Playoff Rondo takes on a new meaning
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Rajon Rondo picked up a technical foul 11 seconds into the third quarter and sat the rest of the game. Rick Carlisle was asked if Rondo wanted to be out there and responded, “You can ask him that. All I know is right now we need everyone at their competitive best. This isn't about one guy."

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Russillo @ryenarussillo

Gotta give it Dwight. Changed the game. Abused Dal front line. Dal a mess in zone in 4th. Dirk couldn't score even on switches.

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The Mavericks are 1-8 all-time when trailing 2-0 in a best-of-7 series. Their only win was the 2005 1st round matchup against...the Rockets.

Smith and Howard lead Rockets to win

At the end of three, Houston's lead was just 1 point. But in the fourth, Josh Smith tallied 7 assists, including 5 lobs to Dwight Howard, and the Rockets cruised to a 111-99 victory. Box score

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Rockets have TWELVE dunks in this game. TWELVE! No team has had more than 12 dunks in a playoff game since the Lakers in 2001. (14)

No joshing around from Josh Smith

Smith and Dwight Howard are running a big-man pick and roll, and it's working spectacularly. They've connected for a couple of massive Howard dunks, and Smith is getting to the rim when he wants. The Rockets are pulling away from the Mavs late. Follow live

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Bizarro Dirk line: 8 points, 3-13 FG, 13 rebounds. Not sure that at 36, he can bang with the big boys and still have anything left in legs.